Lasse Elkjaer is a Los Angeles based Danish composer, orchestrator, song producer, and multi-instrumentalist (guitar, bass, piano, violin, guitarviol, world percussion, amongst others) with over 20 years’ experience in the industry, and a resume of over 70 films. Elkjaer was recently awarded for his score for the movie Sticks (2018), a gothic scare ride where Elkjaer worked with Hollywood cellist Tina Guo, whose cello can be heard frequently on scores by Hans Zimmer, such as The Lion King (2019).
Composer for Features, Television and Commercials.
Elkjaer started his professional career in Denmark, and won his first prestigious award (Berlingske Tidene’s talent competition) at the age of 21 for Composition and Performance. While studying at the Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts, South Danish Conservatory of Music, Elkjaer started collaborating with five-time Emmy winning composer Jacob Groth, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (2009). When working with Jacob Groth, Elkjaer was hired to do orchestrations on the feature film Dead Man Down (2013) starring Colin Farrell and Noomi Rapace, and TV productions Modus (2015-17) and Unforgettable (2013-16). During this time, Elkjaer also worked as an arranger and guitarist for several theater productions.
Upon completing his Master’s Degree in Film Scoring, Elkjaer moved to Los Angeles to study at the Thornton Screen Scoring Program at the University of Southern California (USC). Elkjaer is a Fulbright recipient, and received 12 scholarships from the Danish government while studying at USC. During his time at USC, Elkjaer won a mentorship with Michael Gorfaine, Partner and co-owner of the Gorfaine/Schwartz Agency, which continues to this day.
Since moving to LA, Elkjaer has worked on movies such as Gods Behaving Badly (2013) starring Sharon Stone and Christopher Walken, Bad Santa 2 (2016) with Billy Bob Thornton, and the Chinese epic block busters Monkey King (2014) and Monkey King 2 (2016), which involved working with an 80 piece orchestra and a 40 piece choir. Elkjaer’s TV credits include NBC TV series Midnight, Texas (2017-2018), Netflix TV series Lost In Space (2018-), and Dominion (2014-15).
The films Elkjaer scored showcase his vast range of expertise, and won awards at the Honolulu Film Festival, Nordic International Film Festival and First Run Film Festival in New York, Tech Doc Film Festival in Seattle, and Filmkraft in Denmark. In addition, several of Elkjaer's shorts won first place on Ekko shortlist, a top ten list that represents the best short movies in Denmark. Elkjaer’s work was selected twice for Comic-Con International Independent Film Festival in San Diego.
Elkjaer is a longtime collaborator of Golden Globe-nominated composer Christopher Young, Spiderman 3 (2007), and Hellraiser (1987), and was Christopher Young’s Lead Assistant, Soundtrack Suite Arranger, and Teaching Assistant at USC, for several years.
Elkjaer has done orchestrations and arrangements for several international concerts and ensembles, such as the Danish Royal Life Guards’ Marching Band, the charity concert Nordic Noir at the Greek Theater in Los Angeles, and My Favorite Fears Concert in Tenerife, Spain. Elkjaer played guitar on the album Very Merry Rockin' Good Christmas (2018), by The Osmonds, and he had his concert music performed twice at the Barnsdall Theater in Hollywood.
Elkjaer’s latest feature film, Viking Blood (2019) gained distribution on all main platforms world wide. Recently, he completed music for an educational animation series by ClassDojo, with tens of millions of viewers worldwide, and he attended the Los Angeles Film Conducting intensive with Hollywood Conductors Conrad Pope and Angel Velez. Elkjaer just started a series of lectures with Industry Club for Film and Media Composers in Denmark (BFM), and is currently working on releasing his back catalog of film scores.